In the least surprising news to come out of One Buc Place in the last few years, the Bucs have decided to sign Connor Barth as Kyle Brindza's replacement.
Barth returns to the Buccaneers after getting beaten out by Patrick Murray in the 2014 preseaosn and Brindza in the 2015 preseason. Barth consistently made more than 80% of his field goal attempts while with the Bucs from 2009-2012.
With the Broncos for the latter part of 2014, Barth started with 15 field goals made in a row. He ended the regular season making more than 93% of his kicks, and added two more made field goals in the playoffs.
Barth trolled the Bucs and Kyle Brindza on twitter during the Bucs 37-23 loss to the Panthers:
"As we look for our next kicker, first it’s about being able to hit field goals and extra points," Lovie Smith said on Monday. "Yes, we would also for him to put it out of the end zone on kickoffs, but we just aren’t looking for a kickoff guy. We’re looking for a guy that can hit field goals and be accurate with it first. First priority is that.”
It will probably take more than just a kicker to fix the Bucs' problems, but Barth should make kicking field goals and extra points a little less stressful.